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Desktop Virtualization: Overview and Software

Jul 20, 2010, 15:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Desktop virtualization software uses technology that is similar to its more popular cousin, server virtualization. What's different is how they're presented to the end user.

"Server virtualization typically exposes virtual machines to end users via the network, either through a remote desktop or simply as a server itself. Desktop virtualization makes the virtual machine accessible directly on the user's desktop, either in its own window or as virtualized application windows that co-exist with the host OS's own apps.

"This isn't to say that a desktop virtual machine can't expose its guest OSes across the network, just that the main reason for running desktop virtualization is to directly use the resources of one's own desktop machine—the memory, the CPU, and most importantly, the display and interface devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.)"

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